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In the Name of the Father
The My Left Foot team of star Daniel Day-Lewis and director Jim Sheridan were reunited to make this political docudrama about Irish citizen Gerry Conlon (Day-Lewis), who was wrongly convicted of taking part in an IRA bombing that killed five in Guildford, England in 1974. After a brutal interrogation forces him to sign a false confession, Gerry is sentenced to prison, his family is raked over the coals, and later his father Giuseppe (Pete Postelthwaite) is charged with being an accomplice and is also sent to prison where he lives out the last days of his life. Day-Lewis gives an outstanding… More
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"Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"In the Name of the Father is a deeply stirring film that lessens the moral authority of the I.R.A., English soldiers in Ireland, the British police and the British government."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Day-Lewis outdoes his acclaimed performance in My Left Foot, making Gerry a character of palpable realness and complexity."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Letter-perfect performances from Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite do a lot more than a dozen editorials to make an unforgettable point about the miscarriage of justice."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"If Sheridan didn't feel the need to pile on the pedantic subtexts, this would be an absorbing personal drama, rather than a vituperative, question-begging broadside."
‑ , People Magazine
"In this powerful, Oscar-nominated movie, Jim Sheridan infuses a fact-based social injustice drama with a more intimate family tale of estranged father and son, splendidly played by Daniel Day-Lewis and Peter Postlethwaite."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Sheridan chronicles the father-son relationship perfectly and also handles the courtroom confrontations skilfully without ever falling into movie melodramatics."
‑ , Film4
"At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This is a stirring and exceptionally well acted, though controversial, dramatisation of Gerry Conlon's book about the grave miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"Sheridan takes a controversial subject and gives it wider appeal by focusing on the family drama of two men who are also political prisoners."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Passionate true-story about an Irish youth who was wrongfully convicted of a terrorist act."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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